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Yahoo fantasy position updates for 2016-17

Forward eligibility refined; defensemen Brent Burns, Dustin Byfuglien lose RW status

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Yahoo has released its 2016-17 fantasy hockey game, and there were some major changes in player position eligibility.

Of the 124 forwards in NHL.com's top 200, 54 had their position(s) altered, with many losing one. The most notable changes have affected top five assets Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (now RW only) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (now LW only), as well as the two (previous) dual-eligible defensemen, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets (now D only).

FANTASY RANKINGS: TOP 200 | CENTER | LW | RW | D-MAN | GOALIE

The eight tri-eligible players among NHL.com's top 200, Joe Pavelski (Sharks), Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators), Ryan O'Reilly (Buffalo Sabres), Tyler Toffoli (Los Angeles Kings), Patrick Sharp (Dallas Stars), Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers), Jiri Hudler (Stars) and Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings), have had their eligibilities reduced. Forsberg and Jokinen, who are now only eligible at LW, took the biggest hits from that bunch.

Forwards Robby Fabbri (now C/LW), of the St. Louis Blues, Teuvo Teravainen (now LW/RW), of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Sam Reinhart, (now C/RW) of the Sabres, are the three players who have gone from single to dual eligibility in Yahoo leagues.

Below is the full list of players in NHL.com's top 200 who have had their Yahoo eligibility altered for the 2016-17 season. Players are listed in order of fantasy rank by NHL.com.

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- Patrick Kane, CHI (C/RW to RW)

- Alex Ovechkin, WSH (LW/RW to LW)

- Brent Burns, SJS (D/RW to D)

- Joe Pavelski, SJS (C/LW/RW to C/RW)

- Tyler Seguin, DAL (C/RW to C)

- Claude Giroux, PHI (C/RW to C)

- Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH (C/LW to C)

- Evgeni Malkin, PIT (C/RW to C)

- Taylor Hall, NJD (C/LW to LW)

- Wayne Simmonds, PHI (LW/RW to RW)

- Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (D/RW to D)

- Filip Forsberg, NSH (C/LW/RW to LW)

- James Neal, NSH (LW/RW to RW)

- Ryan O'Reilly, BUF (C/LW/RW to C/LW)

- Ryan Johansen, NSH (C/RW to C)

- Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (C/LW to LW)

- Matt Duchene, COL (C/LW to C)

- Alexander Steen, STL (C/LW to LW)

- Tyler Toffoli, LAK (C/LW/RW to C/RW)

- Patrick Sharp, DAL (C/LW/RW to LW/RW)

- Jeff Carter, LAK (C/RW to C)

- Max Domi, ARI (C/LW to LW)

- Rick Nash, NYR (LW/RW to LW)

- Dylan Larkin, DET (C/LW to C/RW)

- Vincent Trocheck, FLA (C/RW to C)

- T.J. Oshie, WSH (C/RW to RW)

- Ryan Kesler, ANA (C/RW to C)

- Robby Fabbri, STL (C to C/LW)

- Mike Hoffman, OTT (C/LW to LW)

- Alex Galchenyuk, MTL (C/LW to C)

- Kyle Palmieri, NJD (LW/RW to RW)

- Loui Eriksson, VAN (LW/RW to LW)

- Boone Jenner, CBJ (C/RW to C/LW)

- Tomas Hertl, SJS (C/LW to C)

- Teuvo Teravainen, CAR (LW to LW/RW)

- Adam Henrique, NJD (C/LW to C)

- Jussi Jokinen, FLA (C/LW/RW to LW)

- Jeff Skinner, CAR (LW/RW to LW)

- Mats Zuccarello, NYR (LW/RW to RW)

- Bobby Ryan, OTT (LW/RW to RW)

- Bryan Little, WPG (C/RW to C)

- Michael Cammalleri, NJD (C/LW to LW)

- Sam Reinhart, BUF (C to C/RW)

- David Backes, BOS (C/RW to RW)

- Mikkel Boedker, SJS (LW/RW to LW)

- Leon Draisaitl, EDM (C/RW to C)

- Jiri Hudler, DAL (C/LW/RW to C/RW)

- Reilly Smith, FLA (LW/RW to RW)

- David Pastrnak, BOS (LW/RW to RW)

- Eric Staal, MIN (C/LW to C)

- Shane Doan, ARI (LW/RW to RW)

- Gustav Nyquist, DET (C/LW/RW to LW/RW)

- Tomas Tatar, DET (LW/RW to LW)

- Brandon Dubinsky, CBJ (C/LW to C)

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